How To Choose The Best Hot Foil Stamper
Hot foil stampers are a great way to stamp a name or logo onto books, napkins, matchbooks, photographs and much more. Foil stampers are easy to use and operate and the end result looks great! Many think that foil stamping is a complicated process, but it is actually much easier than it looks and can be done by just about anyone. Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a foil-stamping machine.
How many items do you foil stamp per day, week or month?
Both manual foil stampers and semi-automatic (air-powered) foil stampers are available. The model you use will depend entirely on the stamping volume you plan on having. Manually operated machines are just fine for custom names on books, but if you plan on stamping a company name or logo on hundreds of items, you may want to consider using a pneumatic (air powered) hot foil stamper.
What will you be foil stamping?
Foil stampers can be used with leather, paper, wood, plastic and more. Be aware that different types of foil are used for stamping different material. You can see what types of foils you should use for your foil stamped products by going here.
If you would like to foil stamp paper, you may want to consider using a foil fuser (found here). Foil fusers put foil on paper in a different way than a foil stamper. Foil fuser foil adheres to toner. This means anywhere toner (from a laser printer) is on the paper, the foil will be shown. The end result is metallic and looks very similar to foil stamping.
Be aware that special guides are available for stamping napkins, matchbooks, pencils and other items. While a guide doesn’t necessarily have to be used, it does make the stamping job go faster and the stamped area is more aligned.
How much stamping area do you need?
Foil stampers use type holders to hold text and logos. You will be limited to how much text you can use based on the size of the type holder. Be sure to check the size of the type holder before purchasing a foil-stamping machine. Some foil stampers can use different sizes of type holders, but some cannot.
Where will you be keeping the foil stamper?
Foil stamping machines vary in size. Some models can be used on a countertop, but some larger stampers are floor models that require more area. It is always a good idea to make sure you have a place to keep your foil stamper.
Which foil would you like to use?
Foil is available in a wide variety of colors. Be sure the foil you purchase will work on your machine. Different brands often use different sizes of foil and sometimes are not interchangeable. Also be aware that different types of foils often require different heat settings. The heat setting required is usually listed next to the roll of foil. Most foil stampers have variable heat controls to accommodate these foils. If you are not certain which foil to use, please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454.
Do you plan on using any emblems or logos?
Custom logos and emblems are available upon request. Be sure that your foil stamper’s type holder can accommodate the size of logo you would like to use.
Additional tips and accessories.
We have a great seletion of additional foil stamping supplies and accessories. We have created a list of the most popular items.
1. Foil temperatures & applications
2. Foil stamping foil & accessories
3. Foil stamping emblems